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  • Habitable Worlds 2017: A System Science Workshop
    2017-11-13 to 2017-11-17, Laramie, Wyoming

    Following the goals of NExSS to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life, and corresponding biosignature detection, the workshop aims to address these questions:

    What does it mean to be habitable?
    What conditions are needed for habitability, and how do those conditions arise?
    What are the indicators of these conditions and their histories?
    How can we observe these indicators?

  • IAU Astrobiology Meeting
    2017-11-26 to 2017-12-01, Coyhaique, Chile

  • International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium
    2017-11-27 to 2017-11-30, Shenzhen, China

    This conference aims to continue to provide a forum for discussion about fundamental and timely issues and trends as well as for developing collaborations through the exchange of research results and ideas in the field of space life sciences.
    One of the main topics of this meeting is Astrobiology.

  • 51st ESLAB Symposium: “Extreme Habitable Worlds”
    2017-12-04 to 2017-12-08, ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    The Scientific Organising Committee of ESLAB 51 invites contributions on a variety of interdisciplinary themes regarding extreme habitability on Earth, in the solar system and throughout the universe. Contributions are planned as invited talks, oral and poster presentations, interactive presentations and debates. Contributors are invited to share and discuss their research with colleagues and friends. We look forward to welcoming you in Noordwijk.

    Venus, Earth, and Mars -- the first 500 million years
    Planetary habitability processes: accretion, evolution, impacts, ingredients Evolution of habitability and settings for origins of life at Earth
    Earth extreme habitats: natural (surface and subsurface), artificial and sustainable
    Life support systems in Earth extreme places and in orbit, human spaceflight
    Making the Moon habitable
    Mars past, current , and future habitability
    Asteroid and small body habitats
    Outer solar system: Sub-surface Habitability at icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn
    Effects of space weather and Astrophysical hazards
    Planetary protection and measuring extreme biomarkers
    Stellar, interstellar and interplanetary ingredients for extreme habitability
    Engineering of travel to and exploration of Extreme Habitable Worlds
    Finding and Characterising Habitable Exoplanets: Proxima Centauri, Trappist1 and beyond
    Galactic and Extragalactic Habitability
    Education, outreach, societal, philosophical and artistic views on "Extreme Habitable Worlds"

    Early registration deadline: 2017-10-24

  • ESA workshop: Research opportunities on the deep space gateway
    2017-12-05 to 2017-12-06, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    In August 2017, the European Space Agency issued a "Call for Ideas for Research Opportunities on the Deep Space Gateway". Submissions received in response to this Call will be presented and discussed at a workshop to be held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), ESA`s technical heart in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 5 and 6 December 2017. Registration is now open for this workshop.

      Please note that places at the workshop are limited to 120 so early registration is recommended. Registration will close on 27 October, or earlier if capacity is reached.

    Registration deadline: 2017-10-27

  • Gordon Research Conference on the Origins of Life
    2018-01-13 to 2018-01-19, Galveston, Texas

    The study of the origin of life occurs at an intersection of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, astronomy, and other fields. Conversations between these fields yield new insight and correct biases that are often invisible to individuals operating within a single discipline. This forthcoming Gordon Research Conference will explore new work in the origins field from planetary sciences to biochemistry and paleontology, covering the first billion years of the earth`s history. The sessions will provide a state-of-the-art update of the field, while also providing room for discussion and debate on some of the larger outstanding questions in our understanding of the origin of life. Sessions will attempt to provide the basic constraints on the starting material for the origin of life, and how the first biological material arose: the transition point from prebiotic chemistry to biochemistry. It will also cover habitable worlds and the search for life elsewhere, the innovation that comes from origins research, environments amenable to polymer formation, and the role of minerals in prebiotic chemistry.
    The GRC will integrate with the preceding GRS (Gordon Research Seminar) both by asking the latter to report on exciting research forthcoming from new researchers, and by promoting active discussion to the conference. Funding is being sought to allow partial travel and registration support for both the GRC and the GRS for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who participate as presenters in the Gordon Research Seminar.

    Participation application deadline: 2017-12-17

  • 664 Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar on: Prebiotic Molecules in Space and Origins of Life on Earth
    2018-03-19 to 2018-03-23, Bad Honnef, Germany

    How life originates is one of the outstanding questions of humankind. Different scientific communities, from astrophysicists to planetary scientists, from geochemists to biophysicists, all share the common aim of understanding how life on Earth originated and if life exists elsewhere in the Universe. Despite these common goals, it has been difficult to join forces and focus on the ‘big picture’, as different background and terminology often hinder fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations. In this conference, we plan to bring together astrochemists working on the production of prebiotic molecules in space and their delivery to planet forming regions, Solar System scientists working on the chemical composition of the most pristine material such as comets and primitive meteorites, the exoplanetary atmosphere community, geochemists working on the primitive Earth and its conditions to host life, biophysicists working on the very first steps that assembled prebiotic molecules into the macromolecules used by terrestrial life. We believe that fostering communication and interaction among the various groups is a pre-requisite to succeed in our quest on the origins of life.

    Registration closes: 2017-11-30

  • SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
    2018-04-13 to 2018-04-15, University of Nevada, Reno

    Announcing the second meeting of a new academic group devoted to the exploration of broad questions surrounding the search for life beyond Earth and the future of life in space. Our emphasis is on issues relevant to the underlying science, but that can’t be fully addressed by science alone. These range from social and ethical questions such as “What are our ethical obligations to alien life?” and “How can we leverage the popularity of astrobiology to improve science education?” to theoretical questions within science such as “What exactly is ‘life’ anyway?” and “What can be predicted about how extraterrestrial life might evolve and develop?” Our ultimate goals are to further research in these areas and provide a ready pool of experts to help organizations pursuing projects in space better think through the implications of their work. For more information, see the website from last year’s inaugural meeting: Submit abstracts (300 word max) by August 15th to Kelly Smith: kcs(at)

  • Workshop: Life on Earth and in the Universe Current State and Future Visions
    2018-10-16 to 2018-10-17, Umea University, in Umea, Sweden

    Last minute registration still possible to a limited extent. Please contact natuschka.lee (at)